Is there anything that screams summer more than heirloom tomatoes?! I’m going to go ahead and answer that question for you with a big NOPE! Just add a little basil and you have the ultimate combination of summer flavors in these Vegan Tomato & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toasts!
How to Make Vegan Tomato & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toast
Step 1: Slice the Gluten-Free Bread Into Thin Slices
You can use any gluten-free bread in this recipe or even a sourdough toast if you aren’t sensitive to gluten.
Step 2: Make the Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto
First, soak your cashews for 1-4 hours before making the Vegan Pesto
Do You Have to Soak Cashews Before Blending?
Cashews are already softer than other nuts, but soaking them in water makes them super soft with the added benefit of reducing phytic acid (which can make nuts hard to digest for some people). You can soak cashews in warm water for 1 hour, 3-4 hours in room temperature warm, or overnight in the fridge in cold water for similar results. Just don’t let the cashews soak too long as it will make them turn bitter!
Once the cashews are soaked, blend the cashews with the pumpkin seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, and nutritional yeast until a smooth and thick vegan pesto forms.
Step 3: Slice & Layer the Heirloom Tomatoes Onto the Toast!
I like to use slices that are 1/4 inch thick and layer them so that there are several sizes and colors of tomato on each toast.
For this recipe, I recommend buying 3-4 medium heirloom tomatoes and 3-4 mini heirloom tomatoes of various varieties as this makes the flavor and texture of the vegan tomato toast so much better. Get creative and have fun when layering!
Step 4: Season with Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Basil, and a drizzle of Olive Oil!
Basically, add all the ingredients that help bring out the flavor of the tomatoes once roasted!
Step 5: Roast those Vegan Tomato & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toasts!
Bake for 20-25 minutes @ 400F. This brings out all the flavor in the tomatoes. At this point, you can also add additional fresh basil on top!
The Perfect Vegan Way to Eat Tomatoes This Summer!
If you asked yourself “What Do I Do With All These Tomatoes?” at any point this summer, this recipe is your answer! These Vegan Tomato and Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toasts truly bring out all the best flavors of summer. It’s always bitter-sweet to see summer coming to an end and even crazier to see that I only have two more summer recipes coming to the blog before Fall recipes pop up. Enjoy these last few weeks of hot summer sun and plenty of deliciously ripe tomatoes on everything!
Just in case you are looking for more tomato recipes, don’t forget to check these out!Print
Vegan Pesto Spread
- 1/2 cup raw cashews ( covered and soaked in water for at 3–4 hours at room temperature or 6–8 hours in the fridge)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil
Toast & Toppings
- 6 1/2 inch thick slices gluten-free bread (or bread type of your choice)
- 3–4 medium heirloom tomatoes
- 3–4 mini heirloom tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- handful fresh basil (*extra to top the baked toasts)
- Add the soaked cashews and water to a small blender and blend together until a smooth paste is formed. Next, add in the nutritional yeast, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice, and garlic. Blend to combine. As the last step, add in the fresh basil and blend to combine, scraping down the sides as needed.
Making the Toasts
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Slice your bread into 6 1/2 inch thick slices and top each slice with about 2 Tbsp of the pesto. Cut your tomato slices into 1/4 inch thick slices and stack on top of the toasts so that they are layered.
- Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste on top of the tomato toasts before baking. Add to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the toast is beginning to brown and the tomatoes are beginning to caramelize.
- Remove from oven, top with fresh basil, and enjoy!
I do not recommend storing as leftovers as the toast can get soggy, however, you can cut the recipe in half if you want to make less
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